For the Sunshine Coast Queensland Australia, the recorded 4 year average local background radiation level was 0.10 uSv/hr before the Fukushina Nuclear disaster , see historical chart at bottom of page.
Once the Gammascout Alert Geiger counter recorded 24 hr 60 second logged data, of the day has been downloaded, it is analyzed and then posted here the next morning. At times significant peaks in radiation maybe detected which would warrant the issuing of a cautionary email advisory or an alert. To be placed on the radiation advisory alert list simply click on email@example.com, address, and send. Please take the time to read any email advisory or alert, and come back to this web site during the day for further updates.
This site was created in response to these free air radiation cloud detections in Australia, and New Zealand. This short animation of Northern, and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.
Liposomal Vitamin C
An Oncologist in Japan has been doing ongoing research on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster site workers, and has found he is getting very good results with Liposomal Vitamin C. It appears to be healing a lot of radiation damage to their bodies. Liposomal Vitamin C is a combination of vitamin C and lecithin. This combination seems to improve the up take of vitamin C by 80%! It maybe a good idea for you and your family to research taking this to fortify against the effects of these radiation clouds coming through. He has been trying to encourage the Japanese government to educate their people about this treatment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbm_MH3nSdM&feature=channel&list=UL
Making your own Liposomal Vitamin C, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2eqfiTxDwg&feature=related
Latest: Podcast on Green Planet FM regarding Fukushima crisis, radiation survival. http://www.greenplanetfm.com/members/greenradio/blog/VIEW/00000001/00000261/Peter-Daley-Australian-Whistleblower-on-the-Fukushima-Radiation-Crises–Survival.html
Created this special report page, plus an International list of monitoring stations to help people in case a major event were to occur. Interview with Marco Kaltofen on how radiation spread via airborne dust particles from Fukushima.
That Pacific Seafood, and food should be tested in North America and Internationally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5eZvCOL_Ho&feature=youtube_gdata_player
This interview provides deep insights into the seriousness of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster, and Tepco’s management mind set.
A New Australian Live Radiation Monitoring station has been set up for Grovedale Victoria, on the Australian Live Monitoring site, http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/sunshinecoast-monitoring-station.html
Former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto KAN, and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster http://vimeo.com/61465640
|Alert Codes?||Month & Year Trends||Last 24 hour Trend||Free Guides||Tools|
|Average to slightly elevated||40% above average for February 2014 Detailed Monthly Reports||24% above the 0.1 uSv/hr pre Fukushima 4 year average||Free Geiger Counter Use Guide||Live Monitoring Stations|
|40% + above average||Monthly average charts for 2012 2013, & 2014 The yearly data is indicating background levels appear to have stabilized.||Rain Alerts were issued in 2012, 2013, and 2014, more information below.||Free guide for DIY food testing lab||Local Weather Radar|
|80% + above average||The year average for 2012 was 21% above the 4 year pre Fukushima average, and 2013 was 22% above.||Radio Interviews,2: Survival + 1: Crisis||Cloud flow Animation|
|120% + above average||Local news paper article on first detection in January 2012||Wireless Risk Management||Latest Solar Storm Info|
|160% + above Average||“The Food Lab”, for the latest International reports of radioactive food contamination.||Health and Environmental effects of technology||Latest Earthquake Info|
Daily average local background radiation levels by day and month for 2014
Local Background Level and Detection Events Overview Detections have been made all over the world, these reports are local detections for Australia and New Zealand. “Is then, the whole of Australia also contaminated with radiation?” No!
A lot of these detections reported for Australia are very localized. Even with a recent record day average of 0.213 uSv/hr, which is 113% above our average local background, is still lower than a lot of places in the world. It much lower than the USA national average of 0.34 uSv/hr, and lower than the world average of 0.23 uSv/hr. Our traditional lower levels lets us detect small changes.
So far most of the increases here, seem to be manly increased Radon-222 levels in the atmosphere. Read the October 2012 monthly report here, for a couple theories on why Radon levels may be increasing.
Here is a theory put forward by the people running the Nimbin monitoring Station, for the large Radon washout events detected in the Nimbin and Mullumbimby areas in late January 2013.
The area had been in a dry period, and the underground aquifers were low. A flooding rain event came through and quickly forced a large amount of radioactive Radon gas into the atmosphere, that had built up during the dry period, in the aquifer layers.
The Radon daughter isotopes were then washed out of the atmosphere during the rain event, and detected on the rain swabs. It is not uncommon to get large radon washout events happening anywhere in the world during rain events. Radon gas is in the air we breath all the time, in small amounts. Radon-222 decays to its isotope daughters, radioactive Lead Pb-214, Bismuth Bi-214, and Polonium Po-214. Radon daughter isotopes decay very quickly to Lead Pb-210. In an event like this, with such high multi uSv/hr levels of detection, it would advisable to stay out of the rain. We haven’t seen any studies on the heath effects of being exposed to large Radon washout events. It is only a suggestion to take this precaution.
Rain Water Tests Overview for 2013
A lot of rain water and car bonnet swabs were conducted during the year. Test results
At the beginning of the year, these Geiger counter and scintillator tests manly detected Radon-222 decay daughter isotope washouts, plus traces of Beryllium Be-7, Lead Pb-210, Iodine I-129 and Uranium U-235. In July, traces of Thorium Th-234 were detected, plus in September, Radon-220 decay daughter isotopes were also detected for the first time.
If traces of U-235 were detected, it means a lot more Uranium U-238 was in the atmosphere. The detection of I-129 is also of concern, even if it is in trace amounts. Even though the amounts detected maybe below Government set risk levels, it is suggested that those who are using tank water should have very good water filters in place, and those on town water use a good reverse osmosis water filter. Also wash your fruit and vegetables well before cooking and eating.
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February 2014 (40% above average)
Caloundra February 2014 – The extensive local recorded data shows that the background radiation level increases here, appear to have stabilized. At the beginning of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster there was a dramatic 37% increase for February 2012. This dramatic single year increase has not been repeated in succeeding years. There has been a much smaller 3% increase over the last two years. Still, it would be better not to see any increase! Full report can be found here.
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January 2014 (41% above average)
Caloundra 6th January 2014 – A rain swab was taken off the bonnet of a car, on the 6th January 2013. It was tested for 7 hours using a Theremino Geiger counter kit, with a Russian SBT-10 pancake probe. Initial peak was around 5 uSv/hr 3,000 cpm.
The rain swab was placed in a zipped lock plastic bag, so this was only a Beta / Gamma test. This is the second hottest rain washout detected here so far. The Geiger counter decay chart of the rain swab showed classic Radon-222 decay daughter decay. http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Rain-swab-Caloundra-060114-AV-TV49.jpg
Here is the scintillator test chart preliminary assessment, of that rain swab. Experimental MCA Theremino V6.2 software was used for this test. It can get a bit noisy near background. This experimental software is pushing the limits of what can be detected with the equipment here. Peak markers are at the top of the chart for reference. http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Rain-swab-Caloundra-060114-TV62-26c-84323+-text.jpg
The rain swab Geiger counter and scintillator tests showed that the rain event on the 6th January was mainly Radon-222, and Radon-220 washout. You can see some of the peaks for Radon-222 and Radon-220 decay daughters still present in the test chart. The main peaks are for Radon-220 daughters at, Pb-212 X-ray (77 kev), Lead Pb-212 (238 keV) and Tl-208 583 keV. As you can see there is no Cesium detection with any certainty, but there are possible traces of Iodine I-129 40 keV?, Lead Pb-210 47keV, U-235 at 185 keV?, and Beryllium Be-7 477 keV. The peak between the Be-7 and 511 peak markers is probably a sum peak of the two. Previous rain water tests can be found here.
North Island New Zealand 3rd January 2014 - Kapiti gaigakaunta Monitoring station, spike in background radiation levels as weather system passed through the area. Screen shot
Alert Nimbin Monitoring Station report 2nd January 2014 – “The remnant of a tropical cyclone is pushing rain this way tonight (Nimbin valley, NSW Australia). Lismore monitoring station at netc.com showed a reasonably elevated background reading so I went out and took a swab off the roof of my car and put it to my Geiger counter (w/lnd 7317 – same as Inspector) and got over 5000cpm each minute for several minutes. Logging its decay now…seems to be radon progeny…” – actually, it was over 5200cpm which is around 13 mics. Yikes!” (13 mics means 13 uSv/hr)
“Swab off the car? I think the dust is a good collector and that gives you a good idea re how hot the rain is. I suspect that your hair would collect thee fallout just as effectively, so if I was outside in this rain there could well be 10 mics on my head.”
The suggestion is that the Nimbin and Melbourne detections are mainly local Radon washout events. Even so, with such high uSv/hr detections it maybe wise to stay out of the rain.
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Four year local background radiation levels recorded from 2007 to 2011. ( 4 year average 0.10 uSv/hr )
Radiation Cloud detected over Australia 8th January 2012
Radiation Cloud detected over South Island of New Zealand 29th January 2012
Radiation Cloud detected over Melbourne Australia 26th February 2012
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